Participating in group therapy can be quite intimidating, but it also has many benefits. It can give you a sense of belonging and give you the chance to talk to someone who truly understand your experiences. Group sessions normally meet once or twice a week for one to two hours with a professional facilitating discussion. Read on to learn more about the benefits of group therapy.
Group Therapy Provide Support
Alcoholics Anonymous is so successful because it is set up as a group of people who want to change their lives. Every new member is given a sponsor to work with them directly so that they feel more included. They also meet every week as a group to share in their struggles. Attending group therapy at Serenity Light Recovery is very similar. You can talk to people who have experienced things similar to your own, give them advice, and get advice that will help you carry on. It is amazing how close people become when they go through group therapy together.
Allows You to Relate to Others
Many people who struggle with addiction or have a family member who is addicted feel like they are alone in their trials. That is simply not true. Joining a group therapy session will give you the opportunity to safely express your thoughts, concerns, struggles and successes with people who understand what you are going through.
It Gives Hope
Everyone who comes into a group therapy session is in a different phase of their recovery. Meeting with people who are further along the path to sobriety can give you hope. They will share stories of their struggles and successes, and looking at where they have been and where they are now will give you hope for your own life. Group sessions can also help propel you forward in your recovery. When you see how much group members are improving, it can help you jumpstart your recovery.
It Lets You Open Up
Bottling up thoughts and emotions is very damaging. Participating in a group therapy session can help you heal. While it is hard to open up at first, once you start, you will find that sharing can be quite the relief. It is ok if you would like to just listen for a few sessions before you feel comfortable sharing. However, there is an understanding in every group therapy session that everything said in the group stays in the group.